That was Petty's assessment of Patrick's performance during her short tenure in NASCAR. In her first year, 2012, Patrick raced in less than a third of the 36 races. She never won a race, finish in the top 5 or top ten. Patrick didn't lead one lap. The leader, Jimmie Johnson, lead races for 1744 laps. Patrick ran in a total of 3115 laps. The leader in that same catagory ran in nearly three times as many laps. (10,406) Patrick finished the season ranked 62nd out of 80 drivers, and was ineligible for Sprint Cup points.
She's doing a little better this year. On average she's finishing almost six spots higher (25.8) than she starts. (32nd) Patrick has earned one top ten and one pole position. But in defending herself, Patrick seemed to downplay the benefits of qualifying.
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